Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Alvin Lee ~ Going Home ~ Rest in Peace

Alvin Lee Is Going Home: 'Ten Years After' Guitarist Dies

Sometimes we have to just pause and say 'thanks for the memories.'

One of my all time favorite tunes.

A great album. Wore my copy out a long time ago.




    2. Rocket Fuel from 1978 is very cool also it was re-released on the German label Repertoire a few years ago.

  2. A spade is a spadeMarch 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Rothschild/israel invades Malaysia

  3. thanks for the videos kenny, good memories, after many years more than 10

  4. While we are talking about music & musicians,

    A school participating in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial voucher program is apparently using a history book that teaches its eighth grade students that "hippies" were dirty followers of Satan-worshipping rock musicians.
    The textbook, “America: Land I Love," includes a section on the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
    Here's paragraph taken from that section, which was published Wednesday by
    Many young people turned to drugs and immoral lifestyles; these youth became known as hippies. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.

    Unflipping believable.

  5. Great song your favourite.

    Thanks for the memories. Dang the passion he played with.... Going Home from Woodstock still blows me away.

    RIP Alvin.

  6. What does Jindal's book say about the bankers that were around back then, helpng set off wars, conflicts and 'police actions' so they could make their filthy lucre?

    Goodbye Alvin, you'll be missed.

  7. He died from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure." ? Does that mean quack doctors killed him and will not be held responsible ? What else is new ? If there were 'unforseen complications,' then it surely must have been the doctor's job to foresee them ? If you take the U.S. FBI stats as any indication of what goes on in Europe, medical errors are the second biggest cause of 'unnatural death' after tobbaco:

    One of the things I fear the most is getting in a bad car accident and having to rely on a bunch of AMA unionized clown witch-doctors drugging and patching me up in the hospital. If you live through the accident, you'll be lucky to get out of the hospital alive and the first thing they do, before even putting a single stitch in you, as Brian Staveley revealed in a post-accident Dose of Reality radio show he did a few months ago, is ask you 'Are you current on all your vaccines' ?

    The best sounding version of "I'd Love to Change the World" from a purely tube equipment transfer to CD by Steve Hoffman (not all his transfers are good, but the early ones on DCC like this one are fantastic) is on this CD:

    And it's got some of the original Tom Donahue radio spots from the late 60's, back when FM radio was in its infancy and still allowed to be 'free form.' With a minimum of 200 watts clean amplifier power, you're ready for take-off. I use a Bryston 4B-ST that just blasts those tones it into the stratosphere. Most of the so-called hi-tech audio recordings of today sound like crap in comparison, they really do, and I have to laugh when tone-deaf fools find faults in the sound.

    When John McLaughlin first started becoming well-known in the late 1960's with his "Extrapolation" album and the Miles Davis band, his claim to fame among audiences was that he could 'play faster than Alvin Lee.'

    Here are 3 out-of-print tracks from Irmin Schmidt of CAN I recently uploaded to you tube:


    1. I agree that analog is still the best medium. Your Bryston amp must be a hoss. It's been a long time since I've listened to anything from such high end equipment.

      I remember the free form radio well. In the late sixties, Nashville's 100,000 watt KDA-FM had that format, first in mono before splitting the signal to stereo. For about the first year they had few advertisers and you maybe heard one commercial an hour. At night they played complete albums without interruption so we got to hear everything before deciding to buy. Truly the good old days of radio.

      For the last 13 years I've had a music recording room where my friends and I have a near weekly jam session. We're what I call happy amateurs. It's a direct to CD setup miking both tube and solid state guitar amps, drums, congas and organ. Acoustic guitars are straight to a mic. If I can get the levels right, not always easy, the sound is very clear. We never play other folks songs, just one offs of what we make up at the time. It's a good excuse to jam, drink beer and listen back to the recordings, sometimes smiling and sometimes cringing to the efforts but always fun.

      Thanks for the links.

    2. The Bryston's not that high-end but it's definitely 'hoss' and 'boss' rolled into one. The main reason I bought it was to properly drive these brand-new giant old school Polk RTI 12 tower speakers I bought from a garage sale for half off retail about 5 or 6 years ago. The 150 watt Harman Kardon amp I had blew the tweeters out due to lack of power (the cowebell on "Mysterious Traveller" by Weather Report cranked very loud did it), so now I use that as a pre-amp for the 250 watt Bryston. I bought the amp used on e-bay a few years ago for $1800 from a guy who was upgrading to a 'Levinson' chosenites high-end amp costing around 4 or 5 grand. lol

      He wrote in an e-mail to me: you are going to love this amp. I'm only selling it because I'm upgrading to 'Levinson.' lol

      The thing weighed 50 pounds and cost 50 dollars just to ground ship from Ohio to L.A.

      As you might know, Byrston are so confident in the quality of their amps, they issue a 20 year transferrable warranty. If it malfunctions, cover shipping back to them and they fix it for free. When I got it it had 7 years of use and 13 years left. I still have around 7 or 8 years left but it hasn't given me any problems.

      All that early FM radio stuff was before my time but I came to research it later because I'm a fan of real music and of the opinion that the best popular music in history was created in the renaissance period between 1965 and 1977. The early FM radio was a big part of promoting the music of that era.

      On that Tom Donahue / Hoffman Underground Radio CD, they also have some of the original commercials from that mixed on there. They are very basic almost 'mom'n'pop store' type commercials, just sending people around the corner to this or that place in the SF hipsters neighborhoods of the period.


  8. I'm a Sinatra fan myself. Nothing like, "beyond the sea"
    "When I was seventeen" is another classic Sinatra masterpiece.
    When I listen to him now, it pains me to hear such good music. We had a good thing here, some time ago. Its all turned to shit, good music is rare now.
    Water under the bridge at this point. I was born in the wrong time period.
    So long, sailn', bye bye, I'll be watchin' the ships. sailin' away. Happy we'll be, under the stars, sailin' the sea.

  9. So, now we have Eric "my people" Holder pushing to legalize drone strikes on citizens he deems worthy of death within our borders.
    You know, if I were insane this would be a good idea. Sure, why not?
    If you disagree with me, you should die a horrific death, albeit a quick one. After all, they do it in Pakistan daily. "I don't think he should be allowed to live another day, Barack." says Mr. holder.
    "Okay my brother, lets get some drones over there, LOL, how's hellfire missiles sound to you, they won't even see it coming, LMAO?" says king Obama.
    "We'll fuck them up, hard core, anyway, I'm hungry, burgers and fries sound good to you my brother?"
    "Yeah, I have some time for a tasty lunch, on the tax payers dime?" replies attorney general Holder.
    "LMAO, of course, those freakin idiot voters don't care, they put us in charge of their nation, LMAO, they're clueless, anyways, I have to meet with Reggie love in a few hours, lets grab a bite to eat, I got you covered, we have our own chefs in the White house,LOL, you should see Michelle,LOL she gets busy, ahh man, its good to rule over these fools, they don't have a clue LOL."